TECH NEWS – The new PCIe generation comes with a new NVMe SSD from CFD Gaming, a prominent Japanese SSD manufacturer.
The speeds of their products are good (read: up to 10 GB per second, write: 9.5 GB), and the 1500K IOP and three-year warranty sound good. They have an active cooler with a relatively large heatsink and a fan in the middle. It’s launching in three sizes, CSSD-M2M4TPG5NFZ (4TB storage, 8GB cache), CSSD-M2M2TPG5NFZ (2TB storage, 4GB cache), CSSD-M2M1TPG5NFZ (1TB storage, 2GB cache). The SSDs from Micron are built on 3D TLC NAND and have DDR4 DRAM cache.
According to Akiba-PC, the two-terabyte model has already arrived in stores and is priced at 49980 yen, which equates to about $385. That’s about 10-15% higher than the price you can buy the fastest PCIe Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD (the Samsung 990 Pro) for (it’s $309 in the US; you can get a 2TB heatsinked model). The CFD Gaming PG5NFZ PCIe Gen 5.0 NVMe SSDs also have additional features (SLC Caching, Smart Data Processing, Predict & Fetch), and the fan on them is 20mm. The 45 cm cable can be plugged into a 5V connector. According to CFD Gaming, these SSDs are suitable for gaming and applications that involve a lot of data movement in active mode. They can also be used in passive mode, but then you’ll need good airflow inside the case of your machine.
There used to be some talk that SSDs using Phison’s E26 controller might be slightly delayed, as they were initially due to launch in September with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 family of desktop processors but are still not available in Europe and overseas. Intel and AMD support the PCIe Gen 5 standard, but Phison has chosen AMD as its partner on the AM5 platform. Not cheap, but fast hardware…
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